Ministries: Colleges and Universities
RSHM Sisters are also active members of the Boards of Trustees of the following Colleges and universities:
Marymount University, Arlington, VA
The name "Marymount" has long been associated with excellence in education. The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, founders of Marymount University, provide Marymount with a heritage, spirit, and tradition that date back all the way to the founding of the RSHM Order in Beziers, France, in 1849. The learning institutions they began would evolve into a worldwide network of schools and colleges, including Marymount University.
In 1950, Marymount was founded by Mother Gerard Phelan, RSHM, as a two-year womenís college. In 1960, the institution was incorporated as Marymount College of Virginia, an independent college governed by a board of directors. Sister M. Majella Berg, RSHM, became president and would serve for 33 years. In 1975, the College became a four year institution offering bachelors' degrees and, in 1978, it added graduate programs.
Today, Marymount University is an independent Catholic university serving approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. While much has changed since the early years as a result of greatly expanded programs and services, the Universityís core values and mission have held steady. Committed to academic excellence in the liberal arts tradition, the University combines a foundation in the arts and sciences with career preparation and opportunities for personal and professional development. Marymount is a student-centered learning community that values diversity and focuses on the education of the whole person, promoting the intellectual, spiritual, and moral growth of each individual. Scholarship, leadership, service, and ethics are hallmarks of a Marymount education. www.marymount.edu
Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
Marymount Manhattan College was founded in 1936 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary as a two-year women's college and a New York City extension of Marymount College, Tarrytown in Tarrytown, New York. In 1948, the College moved to its present location on 71st Street and became a four-year bachelor degree-granting college; the first class graduated from MMC in 1950. In 1961, MMC was granted an absolute charter as an independent four-year college by the Regents of the University of the State of New York.
Faithful to the vision of its founders, Marymount Manhattan has a long history of reaching out to diverse populations in need of higher education. Over the years, Marymount Manhattan's mission as an urban, independent, liberal arts college has expanded to include a greater variety of students, including men, nontraditional students, and students from a variety of ethnic and geographic backgrounds.
Sr. Teresita Fay, RSHM, Trustee; President Judson Shaver; Sr. Colette Mahoney, RSHM former President
The mission of the College is to educate a socially and economically diverse student body by fostering intellectual achievement and personal growth and by providing opportunities for career development. Inherent in this mission is the intent to develop an awareness of social, political, cultural and ethical issues, in the belief that this awareness will lead to concern for, participation in, and improvement of society. To accomplish this mission, the College offers a strong program in the arts and sciences for students of all ages, service learning opportunities, and pre-professional preparation. Central to these efforts is the particular attention given to the individual student. Marymount Manhattan College seeks to be a resource and learning center for the metropolitan community. www.mmm.edu
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Ca
Loyola Marymount University shares in a rich intellectual heritage dating from the earliest centuries of Christianity. This Catholic intellectual tradition sees a mutually fertile relationship between faith and reason and thus seeks to promote dialogue between culture and religion.
The names "Loyola" and "Marymount" have long been associated with Catholic higher education in countries around the globe. Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, sanctioned the foundation of his order's first school in 1548. The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary have conducted educational institutions since their establishment in France in 1849 by Father Jean Gailhac. These two traditions of education have come together in Los Angeles as Loyola Marymount University.
The distinctive character of Loyola Marymount is enhanced by the educational heritage of its founding and sponsoring religious orders--the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (Marymount Sisters), the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange--and by many dedicated lay men and women. The members of the religious orders, together with their faculty, staff, and administrative colleagues, share a common dedication to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and social justice as hallmarks of a contemporary Catholic university. www.lmu.edu